The Strategic Disaster of Leaving the Iran Deal

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That was President Trump on Tuesday announcing that just three years into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal, the US will abandon the agreement that got Iran, some say, to rein in its nuclear program.

This is a victory for Iranian hardliners, who opposed the treaty.

"He introduced a new element, the element of leverage to a stale, non-productive reality that only encouraged the Iranians to continue their incredibly risky behaviour, particularly in Syria, by threatening Israel by surrounding it with missiles and expecting us to sit there and just wait until something happens".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a decision to ally himself with the likes of European leaders Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel over our allies the United States and Israel when it comes to the troubled Iran deal.

Rouhani for his part said Iran's economic interests would however need to be "guaranteed" in light of Trump's decision, the Iranian presidency's website said. Even within Israel, there is strong support among intelligence and defense officials. In 2014, the Obama Administration fined BNP Paribas, a French bank, 9.4 billion dollars for violating sanctions on Cuba, Iran, and Sudan. But that was never its intention. He has demanded that the other signatories fix the deal to his satisfaction, without telling them what he wants.

And Trump's accusations of Iranian cheating are groundless.


But others say it was a bad deal that sped up their nuclear ambitions.

"Iran is subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime", said International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano. This is in no way a new revelation, or relevant to the current agreement. The Iranian government has already put a tight capital control in place in anticipation of reduced oil revenues.

On Wednesday, Trudeau said the Iran nuclear deal wasn't ideal, but it helped prevent that country from developing a nuclear weapon. At the same time, the country would make preparations to restart its program of nuclear enrichment, he said.

India and Iran have robust economic and commercial ties covering many sectors though it has traditionally been dominated by the import of Iranian crude oil by India.

"We regret the decision by the United States to pull out, but we are still hopeful we are going to be able to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons".

During a Thursday press conference with his visiting German counterpart, Heiko Maas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Washington can not unilaterally reinstate those anti-Iran sanctions, which were lifted by the United Nations.


Historically, most agreements on nuclear weapons have required some sort of reciprocity.

The U.S. move against the internationally-backed nuclear agreement has infuriated Iranians, no matter reformist and principlist. And none of the other nuclear powers, including the United States, are required to reduce their arsenals, either.

Some news outlets said the Iranian government's anger mirrored widespread fury in the Islamic Republic over the U.S. President's decision. We don't do something just because the United States does it. So any limited means the US had to negotiate while the deal was there, that's out the window.

President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that the United States was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, in what is arguably the biggest foreign-policy move his administration has made since taking power.

That information wasn't anything new, and if anything underscored the importance of a deal, even a flawed one, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.


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